Afros are cool hairstyles for curly hair men. Growing an afro is quite an experience and the following are 4 tips to grow the perfect afro for those curly men.
To grow an afro, one needs to know what one is doing! Afros are hairstyles particularly suited for those men with the tighter curls in the range of III to V. This means that not every man with curly hair can grow an afro for you need to inherently have the curl type to be able to pull it. If you are one of those men with curly hair in the less tighter ranges (I & II) and still want to have a hairstyle that puffs out and just looks diesel, then I suggest you look into the Jim Morrison hairstyle which is, in plain terms, the afro hairstyle for the white guy!
This is my Type III afro from the back, click here for the front!
To grow the perfect afro, you must pay close attention and follow these 4 tips:
Tip 1 for the Perfect Afro: Be ready to grow your curly hair
To grow an afro, you need plenty of curl length. This means that you must be willing to grow your curls to at least a medium length. Depending on your curly hair type, you will need a minimum hair length for your afro with the following extended lengths accounting for each of the curly hair types:
- Type III: 3 inches needed
- Type IV: 4 inches needed
- Type V: 5 inches needed
Your hair grows approximately 1/2 inch per month so do the calculations according to your current hair length and curl type. If you currently have 1 inch of Type IV curly hair, you will need at least 6 months to get your afro. Bear this in mind because in these extensive timeframes, many things (outside of hair) can occur.
Tip 2 for the Perfect Afro: Ditch the comb
Stop combing now! From now on, thou shalt throw away your comb and use your fingers to groom your curls and puff them out. You can also use a pick to help detangle your curls and keep the afro in good shape. Conventional combs and hairbrushes will disrupt the shape and health of your curly hair and hence your afro so it is imperative to go the wide tooth comb/finger/hair pick way (use the 3 together for best results)
Tip 3 for the Perfect Afro: Get the right trim for your afro
To grow an afro, you need to start with your hair at the same length all around. This means that you must get a haircut for your curly hair that has any disparities in hair length corrected. I recommend those curly hair men wanting to grow an afro to start from a short length (1-2 inches) and then allow their curly hair to grow without any further haircuts or trims. This way, you will get used to having an even hair length all around and will also have freshly grown healthy hair to boot once you reach your afro length!
Tip 4 for the Perfect Afro: Keep your afro moisturized
Curly hair in the range III to V (coily, kinky, nappy) is predisposed to being dry due to the nature of the curl’s shape. You must battle dryness, which causes frizzy hair, at all costs. This means keeping your hair moisturized all the time by cutting down on shampoo frequency to less than 3 times per week, avoiding hairbrushes and conventional combs, and making sure you use a conditioner while avoiding gels and hair sprays.
Lenny Kravitz is a curly dude who inspired me to grow my afro!
Growing an afro is certainly a journey. You must be prepared and take great care in keeping your afro mane looking the part. An afro for curly hair men is a diesel hairstyle which will enhance your curly hair and your image. What is more, managing your ‘fro will not be as difficult as it seems with these 4 tips to grow the perfect afro!
All the best.